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The lesson on May 9, 2021 was part 14 of the “Acts – When and Why?” study.  In this lesson we looked at 1 and 2 Corinthians particularly in relation to what issues Paul clarifies with the resurrection.  We learned from 1 Corinthians 5:9 that Paul had written an epistle to the church at Corinth to “not to company with fornicators:” that was not included in the canon of scripture that was preserved as did the letters of 1 & 2 Corinthians did.  We learned how information came to Paul when he mentions them in 1:11 “House of Chloe” and in 1 Corinthians 16:17  “I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.” in addition to the fact that Paul was inspired by God.  In Corinth, resurrection was a big issue.  We reviewed many passages that dealt with the two types of resurrection.  The general resurrection you receive by faith when you accept Christ Jesus as your savior and the better resurrection that serves as a reward by your work of running the race (as Paul explained).  Paul also addressed the two states that we all deal with, that being life and death.  In his analogy, he explained that life is being clothed and death was being naked.  When we are resurrected, we are clothed because we have life in Christ.  The scripture reading was from 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 KJV

“1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”




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From the Study: Acts – When and Why?